Free Online Color Palette Tools

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Let’s talk about color! I don’t have a lot of color intuition, and as an artist, I tend to work in black-and-white first without much consideration for colors. I definitely rely on setting a palette to help guide myself. Here are my favorite free, web-based tools for creating color palettes for my art and designs.…

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Reinvigorating Classic Monsters

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I, for one, am not pleased with the modern focus on pop-culture and cartoon characters and raunchy jokes as Halloween costumes. Celtic Samhain, from which many modern Halloween traditions and the date are derived, marked the initiation into the “darker half” of the year – when the fae folk (NOT the Tinkerbell variety) and spirits have more power.…

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Monstober 2019 – 31 Monster Design Prompts

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It’s here. It’s October. There are lots of great design and art prompts that circulate through social media during this month, like the famous Inktober which prompts you to draw 31 inked pieces, one each day. I would like to present to you MonsterBrainSoup’s Monstober, 31 monster design prompts that can be “filled” in any way you desire – a written design description, a short story, artwork, a Pinterest aesthetic inspiration board, an edit/repaint of a figurine, or, really, any other form of creative expression.…

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What Makes a Monster Scary

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Big teeth, big claws, and big glowing eyes should work, right? Meh. Simply mashing together hyper-predatory traits isn’t scary. It’s just cool. A monster that can devour me in one bite may be threatening, sure, but it’s not frightening.…

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Free Online Planet Building Tools

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While I’ve been working on Aerill, my own fantasy extraterrestrial planet, I’ve come across a number of awesome, free, web-based tools to help realistically generate or view your planet’s surface.   Fractal World Generator by drow – https://donjon.bin.sh/scifi/world/ Quick and easy to use; takes a minute to load the generated 2D    map on a new page, but it also provides you with randomized planet aspects such as the physical dimensions, gravity, atmosphere, and other fun inspirational thoughts.…

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